Happy New Year! A Review and Some Aspirations

Happy New Year! I’m back from my blogcation and ready to jump right in!

So, I decided to switch up my review format since it’s a full year review rather than a quarter review, and I used the template I found over on the Happy Black Woman site.

Lessons Learned In 2013

What was the most valuable lesson I learned this year?

This past year, I’ve learned to trust in my abilities, to believe that I am enough, and to take everything I experience as another growth opportunity. But, if I had to summarize my most valuable lesson it would have to be this:

“Dreams come a size too big so that we can grow into them.”  – Josie Bisset

What was the best book, song and/or movie I discovered (or rediscovered) this year?

I’d have to say that Get Clients Now was my best book discovery this year. (Just click the link for the book review I did on it.)

What was the best city, state or country I discovered (or rediscovered) this year?

This year I spent more time in Philadelphia  than I ever have (and I’ve lived right across the bridge pretty much my whole life) and I really loved the city (grateful to come back home to my burb right outside it though) but seriously I love the energy, diversity, and culture of the city. From Dragon Boat races, to cultural festivals at Penn’s Landing, to museum and art gallery visits to firework shows on top of center city rooftops, to delicious cheese steaks and other yummy treats from China Town; I really enjoyed these aspects of Philly.

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What was the biggest personal milestone I reached this year? (these can be goals you reached in the areas of lifestyle & fun, money & finances, health & wellness, family & friends, love & romance or personal growth & spirituality)

I might sound like a broken record here but seriously, I have to say I am really proud of the progress I made in confidence building department. I’ve always struggled with confidence, and working on building confidence was something deeply implanted in my heart.  So, in my determination to really believe in my awesomesauce, my word for 2013 was Confidence. I did public speaking engagements (I hate public speaking), sang solo in front of random strangers, started mentoring teen girls, met some amazing, (and I mean amazing) women business leaders and most importantly I stood my ground and stayed focused on my path.

There were no apologies for staying true to the woman I am growing to love more and more every time I look at her in the mirror. There was also no going back on my desire to be location-independent business owner who provides a darn good service to other location-independent business owners. This was very special part of my confidence milestone to me because it felt like everyone who I wanted so desperately to support me had decided my journey to success wasn’t fast enough for them and in their own way had written me off. A huge part of confidence building is being decisive and comfortable enough in your own skin to know what is right for you regardless of what anyone else think or feels is best for you. I mean, who knows you better than yourself?

Melinda Emerson Smallbiz Lady

Melinda Emerson aka Smallbiz Lady

Andrea Vahl

Andrea Vahl aka Grandma Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women Are Gamechangers Fusion Tour Philadelphia

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Darnyelle Jervey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What professional accomplishments (at work or in my business) am I most proud of this year?

I was very proud of the progress I’ve made this past year with A & D Media.  I like how it’s transforming yet remaining committed to what I intended it to be despite pressures to go places with it I didn’t desire. I was very excited when one of the leading south jersey magazines  reached out to me for an interview on social media as it related to my fellow south jersey business owners, (I’m in the March 2013 issue). What an honor to have my 2 cents written on the same page along side men and women marketers from very well-known and respected companies.

But you know, I’d have to say the greatest accomplishment and biggest compliment I received this year was repeat business from my awesome clients. What an honor!

Looking forward towards 2014

 

What do I deserve more of in 2014? 

There’s a lot I could say for this one so I’ll keep it cutesy this time around and say I deserve more trips to a Massage Therapist, (why not).

What 3 personal milestones do I most want to reach in the coming year? (these can be goals in the areas of lifestyle & fun, money & finances, health & wellness, family & friends, love & romance or personal growth & spirituality)

  1. Move to New apartment in a New town
  2. Self-Publish my 1st book which is a collection of poetry
  3. Trip to Kenya with my partner in Heartwork (more to come on this one)

What 3 professional accomplishments do I most want to see for myself next year? (these can be goals in the area of career & work for my job and/or business)

  1. Grow my team by partnering with 2-3 more highly-skilled virtual assistants (Which means I’ll have to have plenty of work to give them.)
  2. Accomplish my income goals for the year
  3. Create my 1st opt-in offer so I can grow my email list

What do I want to learn in 2014?

Again, I could go on and on with this so I’ll choose one thing: How to make sweet potato bread. (Ooh so good!)

What do I want to cross off of my “bucket list” in 2014?

Volunteer trip to Africa is the big one this year

Finally, My Theme for 2014

My word for 2014 is Purpose.  Now that I’ve finally created my very 1st vision board,  my path is so much clearer, (and it scares the crap out of me). So, this year is about truly walking in purpose, on purpose, and with purpose. And my theme is Choose To Dance (You know, because if I get the choice to sit it out or dance, I’m going to dance).

Enough about me! Tell me my friend, what have you been up to and where are you headed in 2014?

 

30 days of Giving Thanks-Part III

I can’t believe we are winding down on these 30 days of giving thanks. I did notice a few Facebook friends keeping up with me and doing their own month of thankfulness on their own blogs and timelines which is awesome! I see you guys 🙂

So this week I finally got to read some of the ezines I’m subscribed to and headed on over to the blog of a NPO  (nonprofit organization)  that will always have a special place in my heart, The Starting Point. When I was working in the field of addictions we would have continuing education workshops and the founder, Vince, was a guest speaker I could not forget. I came to see this NPO as a resource for various reasons in time and still stop by every now and then for their free lecture series. But, when I can’t make it out, I love to read their thoughts of the month, and wanted to share a piece with you all. This month their theme was Gratitude and Service

They share that, “Gratitude is the process by which we slowly discover our gifts and continue each day to celebrate the wonder of life. If we truly live the spirit of gratitude and continue growing, we are then ready for the spirit of service.” The talked about 3 types of gifts to be thankful for and I was especially mindful of the 3rd one throughout this week which said to, “be open to the journey and the gift of humility. Each experience in life is a teachable moment. Are we open to the lessons? Remember nothing happens by accident. We are all part of the universe’s plan. Let’s pray that we will always have an open mind and know that we are all in the process of life’s adventure.”

Power stuff to remember this holiday season!  I too hope and pray that we indeed will have an open mind as well as a giving spirit.

As far as pics go…I’ll sum this week with a lesson I was constantly reminded of by people who believe in me to whom I’m thankful for…

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Until Next Time…

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30 days of Giving Thanks-Part II

You know, this past week has been an adventure and as I reflect on everything that took place over the week I couldn’t help but to go back down memory lane and feel truly blessed and thankful for all the relationships I’ve developed ever since I’ve started this entrepreneurial journey. These relationships have encouraged and empowered this introverted networker to come out of her shell. I think people even wondered if I was really an introvert, Ha!  Although I don’t run out of events wondering why the paramedics aren’t already waiting for me from my fit of anxiety attacks… I still have to give myself a pep talk before I head out, disappear into my own little corner for some space and “me” time, and the real driver, remember my why when it comes to offline networking.

Remembering your “Why” can come naturally in time of reflection but when your knee deep in situations I think it’s good to have triggers. For me, it usually comes in some form of the Arts and in this case it was music.

There was a song playing in my head on repeat as I headed to and from the awesome Get Out There Live conference with the amazing Christine Gallagher. I was humbled to have met some amazing women and men business leaders and get my hands on some great time-tested marketing strategies. As I thought about how far I’ve come while trying to not feel overwhelmed by where I knew I had to head, the song Alabaster Box by Cece Winans played, and the word Purpose entered my heart and pulsated throughout my body.

When I think about my life and the mercy and favor given to me, despite myself…I am so very, very thankful.

Thankfulness Tip of the week: Find A Song that reminds you of the grace over your life. Put that song in your pocket and save it for a rainy day 😉

Alrighty!  Here’s a picture snapshot of what I’ve been thankful for this past week, (I aplogize didn’t take as many pics as I wanted).

Get Out There Live event

Get Out There Live event

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Business lessons

Business lessons

 

 

I love food

I love food

Until Next Time…

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30 days of Giving Thanks-Part I

So, as I wrote last week; I’ll be centering this month around a series of blog posts focused on giving thanks and expressing gratitude.

As I began to do a little research on thankfulness and gratitude I figured I might as well share some of what I learn.

Here Are 5 Simple Ways To Express Gratitude:

  1. Invite a old friend or co-worker who helped you out in the past for a cup of coffee or to a networking event.
  2. If you know your friend is having a tough time stop by and be an engaged listener. Sometimes people just need to vent.
  3. Cook (or purchase) a meal so a loved one doesn’t have to after a long day at work.
  4. Pick up some groceries for an elderly relative or take them shopping when you head out for your own household.
  5. Return a favor. If your neighbor always rakes your leaves, beat him/her to it next time.

Alrighty then hope you found that helpful! So here’s a picture snapshot of what I’ve been thankful for these past 10 days

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dinner with my hun

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being close to the city is nice

lunch meeting with fellow entrepreneur

lunch meeting with fellow entrepreneur

Keeping records of life to pass on the knowledge

Keeping records of life to pass on the knowledge

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Invited to a business launch party

Spending time with loved ones

Spending time with loved ones

 

My Godson always cheers me up

My Godson always cheers me up

My Elder checking to make sure I'm well

My Elder checking to make sure I’m well

It’s Not too late feel free to join me in this month of giving thanks!

Until next time…

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The Month of Giving Thanks

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If you follow me on Facebook, then you probably saw this post coming 😉

This month I decided that no matter what was going on in my life, I wanted to pause for a second, contemplate the heavens, and give thanks. While November is the month some celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving, being thankful is not just part of a holiday, it’s good for your mental health too! What better time than now to reflect on all the good and amazing miracles that’s happened over the year before we jump into brain dumping, goal setting, and strategic planning for the new year?

So I called my best friend up and asked her to join me in 30 days of Giving Thanks to which she immediately agreed. Everyday, for the month of November, we will update our personal Facebook accounts about 2 things (or people) we are thankful or grateful for. I’ve set my statuses to public so you can follow my posts even if we aren’t Facebook friends.

If you wish to participate with us via Facebook here’s how to join along: everyday post your list of thanksgiving or gratitude, tag a friend or two for accountability purposes and to encourage each other to find something to be thankful for regardless of how our day went.

If you’d rather not participate via Facebook in this month long endeavor, here is a quick list of ways you can get in the habit of practicing gratitude and giving thanks on a daily basis: (via Psychology Today)

1. Keep a gratitude journal – document daily what you feel grateful about.

2. Get a gratitude buddy and talk about what you are grateful for with your buddy. Your buddy can help you make sure you acknowledge where your joy comes from (the difference between bragging and feeling grateful).

3. Pay a gratitude visit to someone who has helped you in the past or write them a letter.

4. Pause mindfully during the day to when something happens that you feel grateful about; make a mental note.

5. Watch your language even when talking to yourself – be mindful of when you are focusing on the negative.

6. Savor the good times with family and friends. Photos, drawings, written accounts and verbally acknowledging and appreciating people and events keeps you focused on the things you feel grateful for.

*Bonus* You could do a blog series about your month of thanksgiving! This brings me to my next announcement, (again, probably won’t surprise you)… This month the theme on the blog will be about giving thanks and gratitude. I’m going to try to capture pictures that summarize what I’m posting about daily over on the Facebook so you’ll get a weekly snapshot here on Reflections.

So Feel free to join me in this month of giving thanks!

Until next time…

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